Sexual Misconduct

DATING VIOLENCE: Violence committed by a per-son who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be deter-mined based on a consideration of the following fac-tors: length of the relationship, the type of relation-ship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Includes felony or misde-meanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, or by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, or by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of a victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grand monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

STALKING: A pattern of threatening conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her own safety; the safety of a family member; the safety of someone the person is dating; or the safety of property belonging to any of those persons. Stalk-ing violates the university’s code of conduct and is a felony under Texas law. Stalking may also be a form of sexual harassment when it occurs on campus or when students experience its continuing effects in the educational setting. Stalking is not limited to, but can include the following:

  • Damaging or threatening to damage property
  • Using the internet, social media, or other methods to post information, harass, or spread rumors
  • Repeatedly sending unwanted and intrusive emails, phone calls, or texts
  • Continuously and deliberately appearing at an individual's home, school, place of employment, business, or any other location to maintain visual or physical proximity
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten an individual